Puerto Rico-based production company Mana-T Studios has teamed up with New York’s Think Tank Emporium Licensing Group in a global representation deal for studio’s brands.
Among the intellectual properties to be represented is Elenita the Chicken Whisperer. Elenita is a very imaginative girl growing up in the country with an incredible love and curiosity for animals and nature. She has a very special bond with animals which she considers her “amigos”. And not only she dreams of having a bird sanctuary for when she grows up, but she has a secret, she can talk to chickens! In her neighbourhood she is known as “The Chicken Whisperer” and if someone has a problem with a “gallinita,” Elenita is the one to call. Elenita and her favourite chicken/best friend Nita will have fun and unusual adventures that will teach important life lessons as they both discover our connections with nature and our surroundings.
Elenita targets a preschool audience. Elena Montijo, creator and producer at Mana-T Studios, bases Elenita’s stories on real events from her childhood, which are full of humour and innocence.
The second property is The Two Worlds of Mona which is about a girl with divorced parents and how she copes being separated once a week from either her mom or dad. She experiences different ventures every weekend, approached with a great sense of humour and based on each parent’s somewhat interesting, educational and fun careers.
David Wollos, co-partner of The Think Tank Emporium, said, “It is a pleasure to start this adventure with Mana-T Studios. In addition to its highly diverse characters, rich in potential, it is a young studio full of energy and enthusiasm.”
The initial focus of Think Tank Emporium’s plan for the properties will be publishing and merchandise across multiple categories, including toys and games. While the studio will develop shorts, animated series, children’s books and comics as well as other content.
“I am delighted to raise the name of Puerto Rico and to help introduce us to an industry as powerful as animation is, while taking our IPs to markets outside the country. Excited for a great reason,” said studio founder Tommy González, who was also the producer of Manny, The Super Manatee, the first animated series produced entirely on the island.